How to Solve 'This Product Needs to Be Installed on Your Internal Hard Drive' Error?

You will get numerous software’s, games, and tools in Windows store. This feature is included in Windows latest editions, such as Windows 8 and Windows 10. But the problem with Windows store is it prompts error saying that “This product needs to be installed on your internal hard drive” even though everything seems to be perfect while downloading and installing apps on your computer. Thus, it blocks you from downloading some apps.

If you come across this error while using Windows store, then try the following fixes to resolve “This product needs to be installed on your internal hard drive” error.

Fix #1: Verify Location of Windows Store

By default, your Windows store should be located on C drive. Any change in default location might cause the error. So, follow the steps mentioned here to find out the location of your Windows store. If it is not located on default location, then modify it.

  • Open System Settings by using Win + I keys
  • In the Windows settings window, click on System
  • From the next window, hit Storage which is present on the left hand of the screen
  • Under More storage settings, click on change where content is saved
  • Check that by default all your apps, documents, etc., are saved to C drive
  • If not, then change these values
  • After changing values, click on Apply button

Now, go back to Windows store and again try to download the same app. In case, location is not the issue for your Windows store error, then move to the next method.

Fix #2: Revert the Recent Windows updates

If you are facing Windows store error after updating, then uninstall the latest updates.

  • Go to Control Panel and click on Programs & Features.
  • Next, select View installed updates
  • Pick the latest updates and right click on to select Uninstall

After completion of uninstallation, try to install app from Windows store. If recent updates are causes for error, then block them until issues are resolved by Microsoft.



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Fix #3: Remove Cache from Windows Store

If any of the above methods doesn’t help you, then just clear store cache.

To clear default apps, store cache

  • Open Run window and enter WSReset.exe
  • And, hit Ok button

It will clear cache from Windows store automatically.

Fix # 4: Reinstall Windows apps

  • Open command from admin account
  • Type Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)AppXManifest.xml”}.
  • Hit Enter and restart your Windows

In case none of these methods solves the error “This product needs to be installed on your internal hard drive”, then repair your Windows system with help of USB installation media or using command prompt by running the sfc /scannow command.

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